How do dental hygienists aid prevention of tooth decay and gum disease?
Your hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth (scale and polish) removing any plaque and tartar, and can apply fluoride as a preventative measure. They can also apply anti-bacterial gels and solution under the gum to kill the bacteria that causes gum disease. A very important part of the hygienists' role is to advise and instruct on a specific home care routine, suited to your individual needs.
Will I feel any pain?
Treatments do not usually hurt. However, should you feel any discomfort, it is important to tell your hygienist as they can use anaesthetic creams or a local anaesthetic.
Can children visit a dental hygienist?
Yes. Hygienists can polish children's teeth, apply fluoride gels and solutions to prevent decay, and seal the biting surfaces of the permanent back teeth with a plastic coating soon after the tooth comes through, as another preventative measure.
How can I look after my teeth and gums at home?
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary drinks and snacks, and visit your dentist regularly as recommended. A dental hygienist will show you the most effective way to clean your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, and also how to clean between with dental floss, tape or small brushes.